Cowboy poets, singers and musicians from across the Southwest will meet in Wickenburg for the 24th annual Cowboy Christmas Poetry Gathering Dec. 7 and 8.
Featured cowboy poets/entertainers include: Mary Kaye, Matt Robertson, Cory Padilla, Chris Isaacs, Sally Bates, Tom Hiatt & the Sundown Riders, who will mingle with guests at a Friday night reception at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Wickenburg Community Center.
The gathering is not a contest – there are no prizes and no winners, rather it is a place and time when cowboys, ranchers and folks involved in raising and caring for cattle and horses get together to celebrate the present in poetry, songs and story, just as they did 150 years ago.
The Cowboy Poets Reception Dec. 7 includes beer/wine and appetizers at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum, 21 N. Frontier St.
Limited tickets are available for the reception at $10 per person advance, $20 at the door. The featured cowboy poet’s performance is scheduled at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Wickenburg Community Center, 160 N. Valentine St. Admission is $15 in advance, $25 at the door.
Most of the action will take place Dec. 8, starting with cowboy Dutch-oven biscuits ‘n’ gravy and cowboy coffee from 7 to 9 a.m., with a $5 donation, in the north side parking area of the Wickenburg Community Center, 160 N. Valentine St., in the historic district of downtown Wickenburg. The free day sessions are from 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., and include sessions of storytelling, cowboy poetry readings and singing, which are every 50 minutes in the center.
Cowboy Christmas Gathering concludes Dec. 9 with a non-denominational Cowboy Worship Service at 9 a.m. inside the Wickenburg Community Center. Check out the Desert Caballeros Western Museum exhibits on Sunday, open to the public from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is required.
Tickets for the gathering are available from The Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce. MasterCard, Visa and Discover are accepted. For information, call 1-800-942-5242 or visit www.wickenburgchamber.com.